At this time of national crisis, Inspire Alpine® founder and Everest Summiter Ricky Munday is offering a limited number of free Zoom talks for schools who remain open and looking after children of critical workers and vulnerable children, or who have partially or fully reopened, to help raise aspirations and develop resilience and support them through this difficult time.

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These talks have been funded by a variety of private and public donors, and we currently have funding for 50 free webinars for schools in Wales, 6 free webinars for schools in England, and 25 free webinars for schools in Scotland.

What pupils can we reach?

We can reach all of your pupils, whether at school or at home. The platform we use allows us to add a teacher as a second host to help facilitate the webinar for pupils who are physically at school, and we require parents of pupils at home to register in advance. This approach allows us to reach all pupils whether at school or at home in a safe way.

Is your platform secure?

Zoom webinars are designed so that only hosts can share their video, audio and screen. Hosts can also unmute the attendees, so they can limit and control what attendees share and are fundamentally very secure - much more so than a standard Zoom meeting. For schools who cannot use Zoom, we can offer alternative options, so please get in touch.

Outstanding presentation from Ricky. The kids didn't say a word for the whole hour. That's me inspired as well as the kids!

~Laura T, parent

Follow Your Dreams

In this 'Follow Your Dreams' session, Ricky describes his incredible journey from a council estate in Glasgow to the top of the world on his successful ascent of the world's highest mountain - Mount Everest.

During that long journey, he faced and overcame adversity and mental health challenges - being arrested twice, dropping out of University twice, and being made redundant during his accountancy training. He bounced back from redundancy by completing the Marathon des Sables, a 150-mile ultramarathon in the Sahara desert known as the ‘toughest footrace on earth’. This experience transformed his mindset and gave him the confidence and determination to follow his own dreams.

Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2005, he has worked in the private, public and third sectors, including six years deployed with the Red Cross & other aid organisations in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. From 2014 – 2018 he was the youngest ever member of the executive team at the UK’s national polar research organisation, before stepping down to climb Everest.

He shares learning points from turning back below the Death Zone on Everest in 2017, when he coordinated the evacuation of a seriously injured team-mate from Chinese Base Camp, and how he put these lessons into practice to make a successful summit attempt in 2018.

The key themes include perseverance, building resilience, goal-setting and overcoming adversity.

Ricky's talk will last for 45-50 minutes, followed by an extended Q&A session of 25-30 minutes. We can also run a session of 30 minutes focused only on Everest, followed by Q&A.

PLEASE NOTE: This version of Ricky's talk is suitable for children aged 7+ and adults.

School talk testimonials

You could literally hear a pin drop as our P4-7 pupils listened with complete fascination to Ricky's amazing, inspirational adventure proving that determination and never giving up helps achieve dreams.

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